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ALEXANDER  VON  HU"MBOLI>T.                  21
and more fertile experiences ;   for as he never treated
cursorily, or isolated any raateiial for general know-
ledge, ho afterwards incorporated these youthful pro-
ductions in a largor sphere, and we find them nearly
all corrected and enlarged in his large works of travel,
written at a matured age,   A more considerable work,
written in the year 1793, appeared under the title,
" Mowu Ifroiburgensis Specimen," or " Mora of Crypto-
gamic Plants of the neighbourhood of Freiburg/' in
which he publishes the result of his observations of
the miuoB of the district,, made during his residence
thoro, especially of the fungi growing in the shafts of
the mines.    These were appended to his Aphorisms
from the chemical physiology of plants, which contain
MB experiments on the susceptibility of plants, their
mode of nourishment, their colour., &c., and give a
number of observations and opinions, which are still,
after the immense progress the science has made in
the last fifteen, years, very valuable, and reveal the
clear, penetrating power of observation of their author,
In   17!)i< ho accompanied the provincial minister,
Von Hardoiibtirg7 to the Rhine, whither a political
mission had called him.    This journey revived his
longing for the realization of the favourite plan of his
life, and lie endeavoured therefore to realize his larger
journeys by smaller ones*    He accordingly prepared
for his projected journeya by tours through the Alp
districts and Silesia; and His love of travel was par-
tially gratified  by  an  order he  received  from, the
fwormuont to  make  a  trip  into  the  province   of
rassia and Poland, in his official capacity.
Although Humboldt's position was a favourable one
for the cultivation of his favourite science, it did not
ttttffioe for his active mind, thirsting for an unknown
world.    From his youth upwards it had ever been his
plan to make Transatlantic voyages of discovery, and
on this plaix he concentrated all his vigour,
Humboldfc says of himself: " I had from my earliest youth felt &
burning ttatriro to travel iwyfcJdtant lands -unexplored by^Eurojcx^aMs-
ThSa d&afcra characterises a period IB, ottr existence in •wfticii'lw lq>-